Wednesday, December 10, 2008

I really should clean out my purse more often

I'm at work late tonight and thought it'd be a nice time to clean out my purse/wallet. I haven't done that in ages.

In my wallet I have a bunch of various gift cards that have little balances. I thought I'd check the balances on them to see if they're worth keeping or not. One of them was a Starbucks card. I thought the balance was something like $0.83.


It had $10.00 on it.

WooHoo! Guess who's going to get coffee on her way to work in the morning!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

What's in a name

I've officially changed my name now. We stopped at Costco on the way home and I made sure I got my name changed there. Then when we got home my new driver's license was waiting for me.

I can't tell you the number of times I start writing out my now maiden name only to realize that's not correct anymore. Trying to remember a new last name is much harder than remembering write the correct year on your check!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Yep, it's almost Halloween now

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is on TV right now :)

It's a Halloween tradition to watch it every year. I've watched it for as long as I can remember. It appears that I've trained my husband because he put it on for me *lol*

Check your TV listings and don't miss it!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Saturday Night's Alright (for fighting)

It's that time of year again.

Hockey season.

Tonight was the first home game for the Grand Rapids Griffins. We don't have season tickets this year, though. With work schedules and trying to coordinate when the boys are with us or their mom it was decided to not have season tickets. Instead we got a 12 game package with flex tickets. Meaning we can pick the games we want to go to.

One of our games was the season opener at home. Griffins vs. the Hamilton Bulldogs. If this season is anything like the first 5 minutes of the game it'll be a good (and winning) season.

In the first 5 minutes of tonight's game we scored 3 goals and Hamilton pulled their goalie!

The night was not without some fights and one guy really got his clock cleaned. Someone else on Hamilton's team ended up with virtually no ice time because of the length of the penalties and misconducts he got for going after a player. I think they called it instigating.

The other excitement tonight was the puck that almost took us out. A puck went airborne heading right to us. I noticed it and glanced over at Chris to make sure he had seen it (he hadn't) and then it landed in the chair in front of us. To give you an idea about the speed and force it actually cut through the fabric on the seat. Thankfully the person that was in that seat was at the concession stands otherwise he may have really been hurt. A couple inches higher and it would have hit Chris in the knee. The puck landed in this person's coat and Jim reached over real fast to grab it.

All in all an exciting start to hockey season.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Up, up and away

Once again I was moved by the power of Scrapshare. Last week one of our friends lost her son. Danny was only 5 years old. He had a tumor on his brain stem and slipped into a coma after emergency surgery.

This weekend at the Scrapshare Ohio retreat we each released a red balloon in Danny's honor. Why red? Red was his favorite color.

We planned to coordinate our balloon release with the girls at the Scrapshare North California retreat on Saturday. We gathered outside and said a prayer for Danny and his family and let our balloons go.

Danny's services were Monday and many of us around the world wore red in memory of a sweet boy many of us never met. Danny will continue to live on as we know of 4 recipients of his organs that were donated.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Random questionnaire

1- What's worse - Physical or Mental cheating?
Physical, though emotional cheating would be a close second

2- Is it easier to forgive or forget?

3- Can men and women be " Just Friends?"

4- Dating co-workers?
Been there, done that. Married him :)

5- All expenses paid vacation to anywhere?

6- On the way to the electric chair - What's your last meal?
Monterrey Ranch Chicken Fajita's from OTB

7- The water park..
is a place I've never been.

8- When you are "In Love" do you notice other people?
Who doesn't notice other people?! It's acting on it that I don't do.

9- Is flirting cheating?
No, though it's not always innocent either

10- Would you rather have 1 great friend or 5 pals?
1 great friend

11- If someone called you a *itch would you be offended?
It depends on who and why...but probably not.

12- Are you ok with your significant other being friends with an ex?

13- Would you live with someone without marrying them?
Depends on the situation

14- Favorite sport?

15- Is toilet paper hung over or under?

16- Do you squeeze toothpaste from the middle or end of the tube?

17- How do you feel about tanning booths?

18- Friends with benefits?
I'd love if a friend wanted to add me to their health insurance. It'd save me a couple hundred dollars a month =)

19- Do you believe in angels?

20- Would you rather take pictures or be in pictures?
Take them!!

21- Have you ever flirted with someone you had no interest in?
Not on purpose

22 - Ever kissed a random person and then walked away?

23- Would you buy bootleg merchandise?
Not intentionally

24- What colors looks best on you?
Blue, pink, and black

25- If you could play any sport professionally what would it be?
I have no idea

26- Ever break up with someone and regret it?

27- Are you a jealous person?

28- Would you ever have plastic surgery?

29- When do you want to get married?
I already am married.

30- Who has the sexiest accents?
I like British and Australian accents

31- Next concert you're attending?
Who knows.

32- Favorite song?
Here I Come

33- Favorite movie?

34- What's your occupation?
Slave. My real title is Problem Resolution Analyst

35- What's your sign?
Taurus. Don't read it though.

36- Are you a beach, country or city person?
Beach and City. It's a tie.

37- Best vacation spot you've been to?
San Francisco

38- Have you ever had a "secret affair?"

39- If you could own a non-traditional pet which would it be?

40- Favorite show as a child?
Little House on the Prairie and The Cosby Show

41- Where do you spend most of your money?
On bills

42- Are you currently working at a job that you hate?
No. I don't hate it - I just don't want to stay in it forever

43- Have you ever been so heart broken that you called in sick to work?

44- Favorite summer drink?
Anything fruit

45- Can you change a car tire?

46- Favorite cologne / perfume?
I haven't worn any in so long that I don't have a favorite

47- Favorite candle scent?
any berry scent

48- Would you consider yourself adventurous?

49- What is your My Space profile song?
I think I took down the profile song.

50- Favorite concert attended?
Eric Clapton

51- Would you date an already attached man / woman?

52- Would you sing Karaoke in front of co-workers?

53- Can you shoot pool?
I'm not good at it

54- Do you like your siblings' significant others?

55- Can you drive a stick?

56- When you marry will you wear white?
I did. See post below this one =)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Wedding pictures

Yes, these are long overdue. Most of my readers are also on Scrapshare or Facebook and would have seen some pictures there. I don't have the professional photos yet but here are a few that I've gotten from friends and family as well as off my own camera.

These are a few pictures taken by Rene while we were doing formal photos outdoors.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Monday, August 18, 2008

Bachelorette Party

Saturday night was my bachelorette party! What a fun and wild night out!

Thank you to everyone who helped celebrate and who helped plan, shop, decorate, etc. I had a blast and am so happy that I've got ya'll as friends.

I must say a special thanks to Ray for being such a good sport and for being our designated driver for the evening!

A few photos... that I could share! Consider yourself warned :)

We ended the night with 3am breakfast at Denny's!

There's more photos but I'm not sure that I can post them!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Wedding Countdown: 10 days

Yep, you read that right. 10 days.

Here's what I have accomplished since I started this running To Do list on 7/9/08 on Scrapshare. Items in bold have been completed:

Research details for marriage license
Apply for marriage license
Pick music for the ceremony
Purchase Guest Book
Purchase Mints for favors
Assemble favors
Tie ribbon on the bubbles
Pick up the beads for the centerpieces
Pick a hairstyle

Trial run for hairstyle at salon - scheduled for 2:15pm on 7/12
Reschedule pre-wedding cut and highlights appointment
Pick music for the reception
Mail check and list of music to the DJ (due 7/23/08)
Gifts for the bridal party
Pick rings
Purchase rings

Send check to Aunt Joan for cake
Finalize guest list for rehearsal dinner
Invitations for the rehearsal dinner
Order reception decorations
Plates, Silverware, Cups, etc for reception
Book flights for honeymoon
Reserve hotel for SF

Reserve rental car for SF
Order keg - delegated!
Decide on a punch recipe

Iron table linens - delegated!
Air out silk flowers

List silk flowers I'm not using on Craig's List
Pick how I want my makeup
Purchase Thank You notes for bridal shower
Finalize registry at BB&B

Meet Carol 8/21 at 6pm at Subway to get keys/drop off check
Check for sound person at church
Plan menu for rehearsal dinner
Boutoniere's for groom, best man, and groomsmen - Thank God for Aunt Joan!
Haircut and color 8/8/08 -- I'm reddish blonde!

Get nails done
Eyebrow wax
Card Box
Directions to all places for out of town guests
Send motel information in Battle Creek to Rene' and Jen
Mail invitations for rehearsal dinner

Pick up Heidi at airport
Pick up Laura at airport
Pick up Mom and Dad at airport
Tie tassels on bookmarks
Make sure everyone makes their final tux fittings
Pick up extra ribbon
Bouquets for me, Laura, and Heidi
Write and mail Thank You notes from bridal shower
Make sure all tux's are picked up
Return tux's
Pick up marriage license 8/21

Sunday, August 10, 2008


I had an appointment Friday after work to get my hair cut and highlighted. This time she went strawberry blonde with caramel and blonde highlights!




More random stuff

I stole this from Heidi who stole it from Beth :)

Bon Appetit!

Appetizer: When was the last time you had your hair cut/trimmed?
Friday 8/8/08. My last haircut/color before the wedding. I'll try and get a picture of my new hair color to post on here shortly.

Soup: Name one thing you miss about being a child.
I really agree with what Heidi said: "The ability to be happy without money. Or to think that fifty cents is a lot. I miss that." I can remember walking up to the store with some change and coming back with a glass bottle of coke and some candy and change leftover.

I also miss the hours I'd lose playing with my Barbies.

Salad: Pick one: butter, margarine, olive oil.
Butter. Closely followed by Olive Oil. There's something about "real" butter on popcorn :)

Main Course: If you could learn another language, which one would you pick, and why?

Dessert: Finish this sentence: In 5 years I expect to be…
Long gone from my current department at work!

Monday, August 04, 2008

Little bit about me

I got this from Brandi's blog. I don't have much to talk about right now.


2. BOOK ARE YOU READING? Clan of the Cave Bear


4. FAVORITE MAGAZINE? Anything with scrapbook ideas or People

5. FAVORITE SMELLS? Vanilla, Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie, berries

6. FAVORITE FOODS? Anything that's not good for me!

7. FAVORITE SOUND? Silence when no one's in my cube talking to me.



10. FAVORITE FAST FOOD PLACE? McDonalds (love the sweet tea!)


12. FINISH THIS STATEMENT. "IF I HAD A LOT OF MONEY..."? it'd take away the paying for the wedding worries

13. DO YOU DRIVE FAST? On the highway, yes. Through town, no.


15. STORMS-COOL OR SCARY? They are both, but I do love watching them when I can

16. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CAR? Yellow Datsun 210

17. FAVORITE DRINK? It's a 3 way tie. Cherry Coke, Mountain Dew, and Sugar Free Fruit Punch I get at WalMart

18. FINISH THIS STATEMENT, "IF I HAD THE TIME..." I would volunteer at the zoo

19. DO YOU EAT THE STEMS ON BROCCOLI? This should actually be retitled "Do you even eat broccoli?!)

20. IF YOU COULD DYE YOUR HAIR ANY COLOR, WHAT WOULD BE YOUR CHOICE? I like the color I'm sporting right now.

21. NAME ALL THE DIFFERENT CITIES/TOWNS YOU HAVE LIVED IN: Tacoma WA, Kentwood MI, Birmingham AL, Middleville MI

22. NAME ALL THE STATES/COUNTRIES YOU HAVE VISITED: I've visited Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Alabama, Georgia, Utah, Oregon, Washington, California, Hawaii, Indiana, Illinois, Texas, Ohio, Minnesota, and Arizona. I think I'm missing a few... I've also been to Mexico.


24. FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH? Hockey and Baseball

25. ONE NICE THING ABOUT THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU: She obviously wants to get to know me better.

26. WHAT IS UNDER YOUR BED? Carpet and an Abbie because it was raining.




28. OVER EASY OR SUNNY SIDE UP? Ugh. Eggs. Blech.

31. FAVORITE PLACE TO RELAX? A spa - which I'd LOVE right now. Beach is good, too.

32. FAVORITE PIE? Lemon meringue, key lime, or a mixed berry.

Friday, August 01, 2008


A couple months ago we bought kitty beds for Abbie and Willow. They are soft and kind of fuzzy like his favorite blanket. We figured he'd take right to them especially since I put his at the top of the stairs where he always sleeps.

Did he take right to them?


For a couple weeks I never saw him in it. Then one morning I noticed some kitty hair.


Still never saw him in it until one night I got up the middle of the night and saw him passed out in his bed.

A few nights later I caught him again in the middle of the night. Apparently it's a "you don't really see this. You don't have proof" kind of thing.

Until the other day.

This is what I found in the afternoon.

Cute isn't he?

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Ribbons and Tulle, and Tins Oh My!

This past weekend Brandi came over for the weekend so we could go to GASC and she also offered to help with wedding favors.

We got tons done!

The centerpiece is just a prototype. I've got it figured out (and have floral tape that's not white!) I just need to get more of the colored pebble things.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Wedding Countdown: 1 month

Seriously. Where is the time going?!

Since last month I've accomplished:

- Picked up earrings
- Picked up a garter (one to keep, one to toss)
- Purchased a guest book and pen
- Purchased mints for favors
- Picked my hairstyle and had my trial run
- Mailed playlist and balance to DJ
- Picked rings
- Finalized guest list for rehearsal dinner
- Ordered and received invites for rehearsal dinner
- Mailed invites for rehearsal dinner
- Mailed/Delivered all wedding invitations
- Finalized registries
- Picked up my wedding dress
- Ordered and received part of the bridesmaid goodies

Brandi is coming over this weekend for GASC and to help with wedding stuff. Little does she know the work I have in store for her. Bwahahahaha

Friday, July 18, 2008

I'm in trouble now

I went to my first Stampin' Up! party tonight.

Hoo boy am I in trouble.

I love it all. I was inspired for the first time in ages.

I wanted to buy it all.

I did order a few things and I can't wait to really sit down and see what I can create.

Card making may be a new hobby.

Monday, July 07, 2008

The dress is in the house

Thursday I went to Becker's for my final fitting and to hopefully take the dress home. They got it out for me and I got to try it on again. The alterations were great and it just needed a touch more work up top.

They said that if I could hang out for a bit they'd try and get the final work done while I waited. No problems here. I had all day.

I did some shopping while waiting and picked up my earrings and garter. I'm now completely outfitted :)

About 30 or so minutes later they brought my dress back and asked me to try it on again. Like you need to ask twice. Got my dress back on and it's now perfect!

They pressed it again and put it in a garment bag for me and off I went.

It's now hanging in the closet waiting for the 23rd of August.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Altered lunchbox

Brandi made this for me and gave it to me last night at dinner. It's so darling and thoughtful I had to share it here and brag on her a bit. I will definitely be carrying it with me on my wedding day.

Thanks again Brandi!